O Cooperative tree

Among the most potent of Christmas images is the Christmas tree: a decorated evergreen. It is so iconic that it can be reduced to almost any cone shape, or even a green, white, or silver triangle. That’s graphic power. But there isn’t any theological reason to tie a conifer to Christ.

Here’s a nice thought for those abstaining from Christmas: the pine tree — in pairs — is also an emblem for cooperation.

Perhaps you can think of the Statement on the Co-operative Identity (linke to details from the International Co-operative Alliance) while you decorate your Cooperative trees.

1. Voluntary and open membership.
2. Democratic member control.
3. Member economic participation.
4. Autonomy and independence.
5. Education, training, and information.
6. Cooperation among cooperatives.
7. Concern for community.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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